Originally posted on College Spun  |  Last updated 3/25/13
Score: No. 1 Kansas 70, No. 8 North Carolina 58 Stars: North Carolina: P.J. Hairston 15 Pts, 9 Reb. Kansas: Travis Releford 22 Pts, 8 Reb. Story: Roy Williams’ former team got the best of his Tar Heel team once again, this time with a Sweet 16 birth at stake. Kansas will go on to face a hot Michigan team, while Roy is forced to regroup and prepare for (hopefully) a better season next year. The entire Carolina team struggled shooting the ball, with not a single player who attempted more than one shot shooting above 36%, led by an atrocious 5-of-19 performance from leading scorer James Michael McAdoo. The Jayhawks also had their struggles, but only in the first half. Kansas was led by senior Travis Releford, who had one of the best games of his career, scoring 22 points (his third highest total in his career) on 9-of-13 shooting.  The Heels started off hot and looked to be in control defensively in the first half, forcing Kansas into 12 turnovers and tying the Jayhawks’ largest halftime deficit of the season with a 30-21 lead. UNC struggled to shoot in the first half (26.2%) and their woes continued in the second half, finishing shooting only 30.1% from the field (and only 28.6% from deep). Despite forcing Kansas into 22 turnovers for the game and hitting one more 3-pointer than their counterparts, the Tar Heels could not pull off the upset victory in a game that was basically a home game for the Jayhawks.  Packed house as expected here at the Sprint Center. Some pockets of Carolina blue, but an overwhelming amount of Kansas blue. — InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) March 24, 2013 UNC and Kansas combined to miss 52 shots in 1st half. Iowa St and Ohio St missed a combined 53 shots in their entire game. — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 24, 2013 Last year’s UNC-KU matchup combined for 94 1st half points and 60.0% FG.This year?51 points and 25.7% FG — InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) March 24, 2013 RoyW: “I really enjoyed coaching my team. I really did.” — InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) March 24, 2013 Kansas is really good at making fans cry. RIP UNC twitter.com/HeathieDinkle/… — Heathie Dinkle (@HeathieDinkle) March 25, 2013
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